If you want to treat yourself to a luxurious getaway with spa treatments, amazing food and stunning country views, then Fishmore Hall is the place to go.
Fishmore Hall Hotel
The buildings at Fishmore Hall combine country house elegance with modern facilities. The Georgian house’s exterior exudes historic sophistication, while the restaurant extension and separate Spa Shell building add a luxurious modern feel.
The 15 bedrooms are just how they should be – relaxing and spacious, with large, comfy beds. A dash of colour adds personality to each room. The bathrooms also have a designer look with a large bathtubs and spacious separate showers, and Elemis toiletries come as standard.
Spa Shell at Fishmore
The spa at Fishmore is modern and relaxed, if a little on the small side – you won’t get more than two people in either the steam room or sauna. Both, however, are state-of-the-art and come with various settings so you can change the lighting, music and temperature at the touch of a button.
Stepping outside, there are loungers for those warmer days and a large hot tub to help relieve any stresses and strains. The setting is beautiful – the decking is next to large fields populated by the local bulls – and offers spectacular views over the stunning Shropshire Hills.
If it’s hot – or you’re particularly brave – there are also bucket and monsoon drench showers outside. An oversized hammock on the decking adds more character to this intimate spa experience.
The spa boasts four treatment rooms which can be used as two couples rooms. I tried the Elemis Pro Radiance Facial, which was a perfect quench for my dehydrated skin. At 55 minutes long, there’s a real danger of falling asleep as you are given arm and head massages in the candlelit room.
Forelles Fine Dining
The Forelles restaurant has real star quality. Head chef Andrew Birch, who took park in the 2016 series of the BBC’s Great British Menu, sources the majority of the ingredients from within a 30-mile radius. However the fish and seafood, which takes centre stage on the taster menu, come from locations as diverse as the Isle of Skye and Brixham.
A three-course a la carte menu is available, though if you really want to treat yourself look no further than the Signature six-course tasting menu. The menu can change, but our highlights were the scallop starter and succulent rose veal main course. Matching wines are also a must for foodies, especially for the chocolate-overtoned Zinfandel. Just try not to drink the wine too quickly, as we found there was sometimes a noticeable wait in between the matching wine and the corresponding dish.
The meal was perfected by those gorgeous views over the hills which made it all the more difficult to leave the following day. A wander around the sleepy, pretty town of Ludlow is worth the 20-minute stroll from the hotel before you head back to the real world.